The United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia, covers 52 of the state's counties and employs approximately 28 Assistant United States Attorneys over three staffed offices. The main office is located in Roanoke, Virginia, with branch offices in Abingdon and Charlottesville. The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses and represents the U.S. government's interest in civil cases both affirmatively and defensively.
The Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes federal criminal cases arising from a wide array of criminal activity. Our office typically prosecutes large illegal drug distribution conspiracies, firearms offenses, violent crimes, immigration crimes, child pornography offenses, computer crimes, human trafficking, civil rights violations, health care fraud, tax fraud, mail and wire fraud and environmental crimes.
The Civil Division handles civil cases including discrimination cases (race, sex, age, disability and religion), representation of federal agencies in bankruptcy cases, Federal Tort Claims Act cases, medical malpractice defense cases. Civil Division attorneys also act as plaintiff’s counsel in affirmative civil cases such as Medicare and Medicaid fraud cases, qui tam cases, and other cases in which the United States has been injured financially or where injunctive relief is needed.
More information on the Office can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/vaw/
Intern projects include a wide array of opportunities for research, writing and case preparation and presentation. Legal writing areas include responses to defense motions in federal felony cases, responsive briefs to federal appellate courts, and responses to writs of habeas corpus petitions. Interns may also participate in witness interviews, meetings with law enforcement personnel, trial preparation, and courtroom proceedings. Students who have satisfied the Virginia State Bar Third Year Practice Rule requirements are given the opportunity to participate in trial work and in the presentation of petty offense cases in United States Magistrate’s Court.
Students can apply for:
- Summer 2019 only position, which requires a 10-week work commitment;
- both Summer and Academic year 2019/2020 position which would require 10 weeks in the summer and at least one day a week for both semesters of the Academic year;
- a Split Summer and Academic year position, which would require 5 weeks in the summer and at least one day a week for both semesters of the Academic year. A Split Summer must be combined with a full Academic year commitment.
- Academic Year only position, which requires at least one day a week work during both semesters of the Academic year.
Please designate in your application materials which of the four positions you are applying for. Preference will be given to those students seeking to intern both Summer 2019 and the Academic year. Cleared Summer interns will begin in May 2019.
Preference will be given to rising third-year law students. Superior research and writing skills, attention to detail, a desire to work as a part of a small team of professionals, and a commitment to fairness and integrity are essential characteristics in the selection process. Applicants must be United States Citizens. Law school graduates are not eligible. Selected Interns are subject to a background investigation because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by this office. Background materials must be submitted timely as directed in order to begin work on time.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, current law school transcript, and legal writing sample 5-10 pages in length via email to email@example.com. Students from Washington and Lee are encouraged to utilize the law school system to submit their application materials. It is best to send all documents in .PDF format. Applicants need to ensure they reference their preference for the Roanoke Office in their cover letter.To be considered for a summer internship, please submit your application materials by November 1st, 2018.